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FACT-CHECKING OBAMA ON CANCELING WHITE HOUSE TOURS

SHOT: This Morning, Obama Claimed That Canceling White House Tours “Was Not A Decision That Went Up To The White House.” ABC’S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “You’ve been taking a lot of heat for the cancellation of the White House tours. I guess the secret service says it costs $74,000 a week. Was canceling them really necessary?” PRESIDENT OBAMA: “You know, I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House but what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re going to have to furlough some folks, what furloughs mean is that people lose a day of work and a day of pay, and, you know, the question for them is, you know, how deeply do they have to furlough their staff and is it worth it to make sure that we got White House tours if it means you got a whole bunch of families depending on a paycheck who are seeing a 5 or 10% reduction in their pay.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 3/13/13)

CHASER: Just Last Week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Said “The White House Made The Decision That We Would, Unfortunately, Have To Temporarily Suspend These Tours.” CARNEY: “The fact is the Secret Service, like other agencies of government, is affected by the sequester. And the Secret Service presented options that ranged from canceling tours to potential furloughs and cuts in overtime. And in order to allow the Secret Service to best fulfill its core mission, the White House made the decision that we would, unfortunately, have to temporarily suspend these tours.” ( White House Press Briefing, 3/7/13)